Rape Crisis agrees that survivors wait too long for justice
23 Jun 2015
"We note that the new Justice Secretary has used his speech to the Legatum Institute today (23rd June 2015) to highlight, among other things, the unnacceptably long amount of time rape victims routinely have to wait to see their cases come to court.
This is a situation that Rape Crisis has been concerned about for some time and has raised repeatedly over the years.
We hope that this acknowledgement from the minister signals a renewed commitment to improving the experience of sexual violence survivors who go through the cirminal justice process.
It certainly reinforces the vital importance of specialist independent support and advocacy services for sexual violence survivors, access to which Rape Crisis believes should be a right regardless of where the survivor lives or whether they choose to report to the police.
With Rape Crisis orgnisations currently experiencing unprecedented levels of demand, it is urgent and crucial that the Government commits to long-term, sustainable and centralised funding for these life-changing specialist services."